Virtual PQA5 Advisor certification set for Dec. 20
AMES, Iowa – Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University is offering a Pork Quality Assurance Plus 5 certification session for program advisors on Dec. 20. This session will be held virtually, and coordinator Chris Rademacher, who also is ISU extension swine veterinarian and interim IPIC director, said those interested need to submit their application soon.
"Anyone whose certification has expired or who is a first time advisor must do an in-person training like this virtual offering," he said. "Potential attendees should plan on approximately six hours for the session, followed by an exam."
Qualification requirements are available on the two-page application form, which is available as both a fillable pdf document and a word document from the PQA page on the IPIC website. Applicants may use either version. No individual spot is guaranteed until the application is approved and specific payment is accepted by IPIC. The cost is $85 per person and includes all materials and online access. Deadline is Dec. 13.
The session begins at 10a.m. Dec. 20, and connection information will be shared with approved applicants closer to that date.
Future PQA Advisor certification sessions will be scheduled based on industry and applicant need, and application information will be shared when that is available.
IPIC was established in 1994 as a coordinated effort of the colleges of Agriculture (now Agriculture and Life Sciences) and Veterinary Medicine at ISU. Its mission is to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts. IPIC focuses its efforts on programs that are integral and complementary to ISU Extension and Outreach. Through IPIC, Iowa producers receive accurate and timely information to make their operations more efficient and profitable.